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A Canadian Interfaith Response to the Refugee Crisis

18/05/2016 12:20:00 PM


Darchei Noam’s Interfaith Committee is still basking in the glow of the evening of February 9th when about 225 people came to our social hall to listen to a panel on the refugee crisis. The event, a result of the partnership between the Interfaith Committee and The Intercultural Dialogue Institute, GTA, was a great success.

People from many diverse backgrounds came to the reception at Darchei Noam. Rabbi Tina Grimberg welcomed everyone and Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail moderated the panel. Speakers included Naomi Alboim of Queen’s University, Policy Studies and Lifeline Syria, Habeeb Alli, International Development and Relief Foundation, and Martin Mark of the Office for Refugees of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Doug Saunders told the audience of how his own family, Huguenots in France, left conflict behind to take refuge in England. They brought their tradition of frying strips of potatoes.The Jews of England were frying pieces of floured fish. Because of that
meeting, we now have fish and chips. In welcoming refugees to Canada, we can benefit in many unforeseen ways.

Read about the evening in the CJN and watch videos of the speakers.

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